Whispers of Shadow (COTB #1) [Completed]
Betrayed by one god, enslaved by another. ***
The Sumarian Empire's time of conquest is coming to an end, its legions stretched thin, embroiled in bitter disputes along its borders and from within the empire itself. Among its foes is the formidable warlord, Aslaug Lightsbane, who has united the northern clans of Arat in her bid to rid the world of the imperial filth and seek vengeance for her massacred clan.
The only thing standing between her and the city of Jukkeran is the Sumarian VII legion. Ragged, depleted and leaderless, its remaining captains ─ including the veteran, Gerald ─ wait for reinforcements and a new commander, one with the militaristic capability to outmanoeuvre and deter the coming horde.
But the hope for such a leader is threatened by agents of the Scáth Sealgairí, a guild of assassins with ties to unseen forces and a history of fanaticism. Commanded by his superiors, the assassin, Lorian, has come to Jukkeran to fulfil the contract, even though his conscience would demand otherwise.
Two nations clash, yet their struggle pales in comparison to another war, primal in its conduct and as ancient as the earth itself. For in the silence of shadow the Outsider's whispers can be heard once more.
Copyright © Gary O'Brien.
Cover art done for me by Stefanie Saw / Seventhstar